Skin Disorders

For thousands of years, traditional Eastern medicine has used acupuncture and herbs to treat a wide variety of common skin ailments. Eastern medicine views health as relying on a balance between the body’s internal lharmony and the environment. Skin diseases are generally caused by internal disharmonies, such as lack of Qi and blood, or environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness and heat. Stress, diet, and the individual’s constitution also contribute to these patterns.

Acupuncture and Eastern herbs treat both the root and the symptoms of a skin condition. The treatment and diagnosis are customized to each individual’s symptoms. Depending on the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. Often, one treatment cycle is once or twice a week for 10 weeks. Some conditions will clear rapidly, but others may take longer.


Acne is the most common skin disease. People of all races and ages get acne, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Nearly 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 get acne. According to Western medicine, it is generally associated with reactions to increase of hormones in the teenagers, hormone changes during pregnancy, starting or stopping birth control pills, and heredity. According to Eastern medicine, acupuncture treatments address the build up of heat and damp within the body, which cause blocages in the flow of Qi and subsequent eruptions of acne, can be effective in clearing up the condition and preventing its return. There are several acupuncture body points and channels such as the large intestine, lung, and stomach that are useful for cooling the blood clearing heat, and reducing damp. Our treatment will most likely include diet restrictions and herbal medicine.


Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic allergic reaction. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy. Scratching leads to redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, and finally, crusting and scaling. People who have eczema often also have asthma and allergies. The cause of atopic dermatitis is not known, but the disease seems to result from a combination of genetic (hereditary) and environmental factors. Atopic dermatitis is also associated with malfunction of the body’s immune system. According to traditional Eastern medicine, all of these conditions are caused by heat, wind, and dampness, and can be treated effectively with acupuncture and Eastern herbs at Sun Wellness Acupuncture: psoriasis, shingles, vitiligo, uticaria (hives), warts, rosacea, and dermatitis.